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Top official: South Africa to focus on turning research into policy

Image: Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But constant need to justify science expenditure poses a stumbling block, says Phil Mjwara

South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation wants to focus its attention on turning the country’s world-class science and research into policies that can improve people’s lives, its top official has said.

Phil Mjwara (pictured), DSI director-general, made the comment at the 2022 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress in Pretoria this week. The congress is a joint initiative of the global network Future Earth and the Belmont Forum, an international partnership that mobilises funding for environmental change research.

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